State Bar Association Law and Legal Definition

State Bar Association is an association or a group of attorneys who have been admitted to practice law in a given state. Each state has its own bar association. State bar association are generally created by statue, and the membership in the association is often mandatory for those practicing law in that state.

State bar associations have the power and authority to regulate the legal profession. The associations can take steps to discipline attorneys. They can also bring law suits against those persons who engage in unauthorized practice of law. However, voluntary bar association such as the ABA do not have such authority.